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About the School - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Trapeze School New York?

Trapeze School New York is a school of flying trapeze. We build our program around this magical and challenging activity because it offers us a precise and flexible tool for expanding our abilities while never losing touch with the thrill of being alive. Trapeze School New York is a world-class aerial school and performance center with classes in more than 5 different disciplines.


Where is Trapeze School New York?

We have two locations in New York City. Our year-round facility is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY (at the intersection of Marcy and Flushing Avenues). Our outdoor facility, open May – October, is located in lower Manhattan on top of Pier 40 in Hudson River Park (West St at Houston St). Our Directions page will tell you how to get here. And if you are traveling, visit us at one of our other locations.


Who are the instructors at Trapeze School New York?

Our instructors come from a variety of backgrounds. We strive to bring you the best in athletic, acrobatic, team building, fear conquering and personal growth. To do this we employ trainers who show excellent ability with circus, stunt work, performance, adventure and above all, safety.


Can I work for Trapeze School New York?

If you are looking to work for Trapeze School New York, please write us at info@trapezeschool.com. Please include a resume with references, your schedule of availability, and your desired compensation. Check our announcements page for more on employment opportunities.

Even if you are not a pro, we have development programs for trainees to begin the journey of aerial arts instruction. Depending on your experience and talent, we will evaluate and discuss with you the best way to integrate your energy with our school. As your skills grow and you become more able to assist us, we will discuss with you the best path for your advancement. Please apply in writing to info@trapezeschool.com. Be sure to include your work experience, references and schedule of availability.


What does Trapeze School New York give back to the community?

Trapeze School New York is proud to offer the New York community class time for no- and low-cost courses. If your group is interested in applying for a scholarship please follow the directions for submitting a request for reduced or waived fee.


Who can do flying trapeze?

Our program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of people. Whether you are athletic or not, afraid or not, ready or not, we are committed to creating a fun and safe flying environment.

- Ages 6 and up are welcome.

We enjoy hosting parties, athletic teams, corporate groups, family gatherings, dating groups, tourist groups, boys’ and girls’ clubs, community groups, school groups: anyone with a taste for adventure.


Is there a Weight Limit for flying trapeze?

Actually it is more complicated than that, so be sure to examine all three factors: WEIGHT, BODY SHAPE and GRIP. We are committed to working with people of all abilities, shapes and sizes to experience the transformative power of flying trapeze and aerial arts. If flying trapeze isn't the right place for you to start, our staff will be happy to suggest other options to help you achieve your goals.


1. WEIGHT.  205 lbs is what we call the weight hesitation. If you weigh more than that, then we have increasing concerns about safety. The higher above the 205 lb weight hesitation, the more important the other factors become.

2. BODY SHAPE.  The distribution of your weight is important for everyone, regardless of how much you weigh. If you are heavy around your middle, and your waist is wider than your chest, then our safety belt might ride up and cannot effectively protect you.


3. GRIP.  Another consideration is whether your hands can support your full body weight. If you cannot hang from a bar with your feet completely off the ground for at least 30 seconds, then you should not participate at this time.

Please contact us if you have concerns. We would love to work with you to identify other classes such as conditioning, acrobatics, silks or trampoline that can serve as a starting point towards the goal of flying trapeze. If we feel it would be unsafe for either you or our instructors due to your weight, body shape or physical fitness considerations, TSNY reserves the right to deny participation.

Students with certain health conditions, or existing or previous injuries may be discouraged from or denied participation if management feels the risk of injury is too great.


Safety is Trapeze School New York's number one priority.

Who cannot do flying trapeze?

You will be denied the privilege of flying with us if you come to the site under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Our Staff is empowered to deny access to our facility for anyone who they believe may be a danger to themselves or others. Additionally, if a person is rude or uncooperative they may be denied entrance or asked to leave.


How old do I have to be to fly?

There is no specific minimum age to participate. Children who are at least 4 years old generally have the required coordination and awareness, but may not have the attention span to last through a 2-hour session.

Please give us a call if you are unsure about signing up a child for class. Once a spot is reserved, you are responsible for the full payment even if the child is unwilling or unable to complete the session. A parent or guardian must be present when their children under age 18 are in class, unless they are enrolled in a camp program or special arrangements have been made with the school. All of the child's information must be up-to-date, and we must have a waiver signed by a parent or court-appointed legal guardian for any student under the age of 18. Relatives, friends and nannies cannot sign the waiver unless they have been designated by a court as the legal guardian for that child.


Is flying trapeze safe?

We make your safety our number one priority. We use state-of–the-art equipment and procedures to assure the safety of our students from the time they walk on the site. Students are continually trained on the protection of their health as well as the health of their fellow students.

All our equipment is designed to be well above the required safety standards and is kept in tiptop shape by constant maintenance. We use a fully rated spotting system and safe comfortable belts to protect you when you fly. Our soft, stretchy net always assures a nice landing.

Keep in mind that scrapes and blisters are a part of any sport and are no less a part of ours. We work closely with local care services to ensure efficient action should a serious emergency arise.

Please help us by taking the time to fully complete the registration and to let us know if you have any special conditions that may affect your safe participation in our program.


How do I sign up for class?

Just go to the class registration page, find the class you want, fill out the registration form (or double-check it if you have already registered), select your payment method, and push "Register." You will be added to the roster for that class, and we will send you an e-mail confirmation.


How many students do you have in a class?

How many students do you have in a class?

Normally there is a limit of ten students per class. Groups may request that more people participate, but must understand that unless they wish to purchase extended class time, their group members will have proportionally less turns at flying with each additional student they bring.

Some advanced classes may be limited to less than ten, and students who wish to fly as teams may request a closed class. In these instances, the students are required to cover the full cost of a ten-person class for that time slot.

On occasion, a class may have up to two students over the ten-person limit, due to an error in scheduling on the part of the school. In this case, the school will extend the time if possible or will ask for volunteers to step out of the class. We usually find some cool way to compensate the volunteers.


What is an All Level class and why do you have them?

Mixed level classes are conducted for flyers with skills ranging from beginner to advanced. We strive to create a class environment that is effective and fun for everyone. Sometimes, there are not enough flyers to fill a class. Rather than cancel a class we choose to open it to all levels.


What should I wear to class?

Although the net is soft to land in, it can be a little rough on exposed knees, shoulders and toes. Also remember that you'll be wearing a safety belt over your shirt and you'll be hooking your knees over the bar, so it's best to wear clothes that fit snugly so they don't get in your way. Tights, yoga pants or snug sweat pants always work well, and shirts with sleeves (even very short ones) are a good idea. Bring a pair of socks or light slippers to wear while you're flying, and sandals or flip flops to wear between turns. On hot days, you should also bring a towel. If you have long hair, put it up with a rubber band (not plastic hair clips).


Will I be sore after class?

If you are new to aerial arts or exercise, there is a good chance you will experience soreness a day or two after you have class. This is a normal part of challenging your body to something new. It will go away within a few days and quicker if you stretch and take hot baths.


What is a waiver and why do I have to sign it?

The waiver is a document designed to protect you and the school. It is designed to inform you of the risk you are taking and to make sure that you (or your parent or court-appointed legal guardian) take full responsibility for that risk. The waiver also allows our insurance to be effective for any situation that warrants its use. It is important to read the waiver carefully and to fully understand it before you sign.

You (or your parent or court-appointed legal guardian) will be asked to read and sign a waiver at your first class. Please come 15 minutes early to do this. Copies of the waiver will be available at the start of class, but you may view it or print extra copies beforehand using the link below. Students who pay the one-time registration fee only have to sign the waiver once per year; all others must present a signed waiver at the start of every class (registering allows us to keep track of your waiver signing).

The minimum age for participation in all of our classes is 6 years old.

STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or court-appointed legal guardian before they will be allowed to participate in the class. Relatives, friends and nannies cannot sign unless they have been designated by a court as the legal guardian for that child. If you have any questions please give us a call. GROUPS: If you are signing up a group of children, bring signed waivers for each child with you to class.

Sign Waiver Online


How does the cancellation policy work?

Regular classes

Most of our classes will fall under this category. Flying trapeze, Silks, Static Trapeze, Trampoline and other Aerial classes are all part of this designation.

With 72 hours' notice

You may reschedule or receive a full refund

Less than 72 hours' notice

No refund or rescheduling


Entire class

This applies to classes where all the spaces are purchased by one individual or group. Small birthday celebrations, family events and other momentous occasions are often celebrated at our facility. If you would like more information about this just give us a call! (212) 242-8769

3 Weeks' notice

Full Refund

Between 3 weeks and 7 days

50% refund

Less than 1 week

No refund



This policy applies to any of our workshop series. This includes IFW's, mini IFW's, IAW's and any other workshop series we may offer in the future. A workshop generally consists of 8-10 classes and will always be listed as "workshop" on the schedule

NO refunds



Summer Day Camp

Our summer camp runs for a few weeks each year and pre registration is highly recommended. Space is limited and our cancellation policies are strict to assure the best experience for each student.

30 days' notice

Full Refund

Between 29 days and 7 days

50% refund

Less than 7 days

No refund


Weather Policy

It has been our experience that nobody wants their class cancelled, so we will always do our best to run classes and workshops whenever possible. There are times however, when weather or other circumstances beyond our control that may cause us to cancel or reschedule class. In these instances please remember we will always have our students best interest in mind. As there are numerous factors that go into cancelling a class, we will post class status updates at most two-hours prior to a class start time and encourage our students to review the Daily Update section of our homepage where information regarding class status can be when the weather appears to be questionable. You are also encouraged to contact our front office to speak with an associate who will be able to assist you further and answer any questions you may have. Since dealing with questionable weather conditions is not an easy task, we ask that our students be patient with us while we decide whether or not to cancel a class.

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If we cancel

Trapeze School New York will always do our best to run classes or workshops whenever possible. There are times however, when weather or other circumstances beyond our control cause us to cancel or reschedule class. In these circumstances please remember we will always have our students best interest in mind.

Full refund



Why do I have to fill out a registration form on your site?

We want to know as much as we can about you, so that we can help you learn and keep you safe. When you come to the school, we keep a copy of your form on site.

This way you know that we know about any special needs you might have, how to reach you, and how to reach others who can be there if you need them. If you've already registered, update your information when you sign up for your first class this season.

It is very important that you keep us up-to-date about your health and contact information. Please remember to let us know when something changes. Each time you sign up for a class, you will be able to review your information and submit any changes.


Can I get a discount if I buy multiple classes?

Yes! Trapeze School New York class card packages provide a way for students to receive discounts on class prices. Go here for more information and to buy a card.

A single class card may be shared and used to pay for up to 2 others, for a maximum of 3 people in the same class. Class cards may not be used by a group booking an entire class.



Can my group get a special discount?

Discount rates are made available for groups and community programs that want to participate but cannot afford our regular rates. If you feel that your group falls into this category, we will be happy to consider reducing or even waiving our fee based on information you supply by filling out our reduced or waived fee application.

We cannot quote or consider any fee reductions until we have received your application and had four business days to review it. Please keep this in mind when considering a booking for your group.

Class package cards cannot be used for groups.


How many people do we need to book a private class and what does it cost?

You can book a regularly scheduled class with as many or as few people as you wish. You will be required to cover at minimum the cost of a full class for up to 10 people.

Follow this link to see additional activities that can be added to your class for an additional cost.

If you're booking a corporate group follow this link for corporate info.

If your group has more than 10 people and you want the regular two-hour class, please be aware that the more people you have, the less flying per person is possible.

Please call or email our office for pricing.


What is aerial art?

Aerial art is any activity that expands your ability to move gracefully and powerfully through the air. Working on your "air awareness" means challenging your body to feel comfortable whether you are sitting, walking, running, flipping, falling or sailing through space. Activities that promote this awareness include flying trapeze, trampoline, static trapeze, Spanish web, silks, cloud swing, bungi trapeze and many others.


Where can I find more information about flying trapeze and other aerial activities?

The Internet is a great place to educate yourself. Our links page offers entry to many sites that you can follow to learn pretty much everything there is to know. In the US alone, there are dozens of places you can do flying trapeze, and more are opening every year.


What is a performance team?

Performance teams are formed with members who wish to develop an act or acts that they can perform. If you wish to develop a performance team you will be committing yourself to a group who will together face the challenges of building an act. You can build an act around flying trapeze, juggling, acrobatics, doubles trapeze, hand balancing and many other skills. Your team will commit to a series of times for practice and the costs of instruction.

If you wish to form a team or want to be part of a team let us know and we'll make an appointment for you to talk with our team coach.


I use AOL and I haven't received any confirmation emails.

First, check your spam folder if you have one. (If you have a spam folder, there should be a small link on the bottom of your mail window reading "Spam Folder" and the number of messages in it. If you find the mail is in your spam folder, just hit the "This Is Not Spam" button when you open it. If this has happened repeatedly with the same sender, try adding the sender's address to your address book.

If you find that you are having problems with mail being delivered to the spam folder often, check the settings on your account, which you can find at Keyword: Mail Controls.


If you have any other FAQ suggestions please send them to info@trapezeschool.com.